Sappho was born sometime between 630 and 617 BCE and died around 570. A native of the island of Lesbos, she resided in its largest city, Mytilene. She composed songs for solo and choral performance on a wide range of themes but is best known for amatory songs focusing on adolescent females. She is renowned as the first woman poet in literary history. Her poetry appears in Smartish Pace, Issue 16 (2009).